The T

By - 9/2/15 - 10:27 am
Shopper's Park Orange Line entrance removed in Downtown Crossing

Tim Lawrence watched the destruction of the Shopper's Park entrance to Downtown Crossing station this morning.

Shopper's Park was a small tree-lined area next to the headhouse, created by Filene's and then torn down when some New York developer demolished the main part of the Filene's building to create a giant hole.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:37 pm
Stationary train at Central Square on the MBTA

The Central stationary train. Photo by Brony Sanders.

Delays on the Red Line quickly went to "severe" when the Cambridge Fire Department ordered service halted to determine why several people came out of an inbound train coughing. After about ten minutes, firefighters could find nothing wrong and let service resume.

Ironically, just this morning, Transit Police and several other agencies held an exercise at the T's emergency training center on how to deal with a chemical release in a subway station.

By - 9/1/15 - 12:16 pm
Budget  rental truck stuck on Green Line tracks

Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:04 am

WBUR reports on the MBTA's latest maintenance backlog estimate.

By - 8/30/15 - 1:48 pm

The Herald finds and interviews the woman seen on video dumping a drink on a Route 28 driver, which led to the driver following her out of the bus and pummeling her, and, yes, she gives her side of the incident.

By - 8/27/15 - 7:01 pm
Shattered window at Science Park Green Line station is almost impressionist

A shattered window at the Science Park Green Line station left quite an impression on John Geoffrion today:

Deferred maintenance as art.

By - 8/26/15 - 11:25 am
Punching MBTA driver

Transit Police are investigating an incident earlier this month (captured on video and posted to WorldStar, of course) in which a Route 28 bus driver shut down her bus and ran out to whale on a woman who dumped an ice-laden drink on her after the driver insisted she pay her fare. Read more.

By - 8/24/15 - 4:15 pm

WGBH reports some - or possibly all - of the glass panels in the new glass-centric station entrance are defective and will have to be replaced.

By - 8/24/15 - 2:54 pm

The Herald reports state officials now think extending the Green Line through Somerville might cost upwards of $3 billion - and the federal government has only committed to $1 billion of that, and might take that away if state officials can't figure out how to pay for the rest, which apparently they're have trouble doing.

By - 8/23/15 - 10:39 am

WCVB has video taken by one Red Line rider of a second rider grabbing a third rider's phone and punching him in the face for videoing him being a drunken asshole to all the other riders in their car hurtling through Quincy Friday night.

By - 8/21/15 - 5:20 pm
The scene at South Station

The scene outside South Station. Photo by Ross Chanowski.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.

An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.

By - 8/21/15 - 9:19 am

Amanda reports:

7:18 AM and summer is officially over. On a train with 40 BU Freshmen all wearing lime green orientation tshirts

By - 8/19/15 - 9:48 am

The former governors say it's last time to connect the two terminals with a rail link.

By - 8/19/15 - 8:09 am

The T is reporting some ish on the C Line, where an inbound trolley eased into eternal slumber at Summit Avenue just a tad before 8 a.m.

By - 8/19/15 - 7:49 am

Outbound riders on the Riverside Line had to board buses for the ride between Reservoir and Riverside this morning due to your basic generic "power" problems. The T says it's fixed now.

By - 8/17/15 - 2:04 pm

Keolis is advising that with temperatures forecast in the 80s and 90s this week, the Worcester Line will be taking it easy - extending commutes by up to 30 minutes. Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 1:56 pm

The T is currently advising of "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a recalcitrant switch in Braintree.

By - 8/17/15 - 1:52 pm
Derailed Green line trolley on Commonwealth Avenue

Off-the-rails B trolley. Photo by John Battaglino.

UPDATE: Service restored at 3:30 p.m.

The T is telling B Line riders to take the 57 bus instead between Kenmore Square and Packards Corner, due to a trolley with wheels that no longer fully rest on the tracks.

By - 8/15/15 - 8:32 pm
Stormburst over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.